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An indoor environmental quality investigation of the Fayette County (Pennsylvania) courthouse.

Authors
Martin-SB Jr.; Coffey-CC
Source
Indoor Built Environ 2007 Oct; 16(5):456-464
NIOSHTIC No.
20032973
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a health hazard evaluation (HHE) investigation in the basement of the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Employees had reported a variety of health complaints including headaches, throat irritation, eye irritation, nausea, fatigue and nasal/sinus symptoms. Potential causes of the complaints included excessive mould/ mildew, lack of air flow, odours and high dust levels. A number of locations showing signs of water incursion or leakage were found to have mould growth. The air flow provided by the ventilation systems in most areas was inadequate, although temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels largely met published recommendations. Levels of common volatile organic compounds were all below established exposure limits, and only toluene was found in concentrations above established odour thresholds.
Keywords
Physiological-disorders; Bacterial-infections; Bacterial-dusts; Bacteria; Ventilation-systems; Air-quality; Indoor-air-pollution; Environmental-health; Environmental-factors; Environmental-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Microorganisms; Fungi; Molds; Volatiles; Organic-compounds; Indoor-environmental-quality
Contact
Stephen B. Martin, Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIOSH, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
CODEN
IBENFP
Publication Date
20071001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
SMartin1@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1420-326X
NIOSH Division
DRDS; NPPTL
Source Name
Indoor and Built Environment
State
WV; PA
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